BA, Fine Arts, 1988, Virginia Commonwealth University
Mr. Biddle is editor of The Objective Standard and author of Loving Life: The Morality of Self-Interest and the Facts that
Support It. He is currently writing a book on the principles of good thinking. In addition to writing, he lectures on ethical
and epistemological issues from an Objectivist perspective.
Mr. Boeckmann's mystery short stories have been published and anthologized in several languages. He edited Ayn Rand's The Art
of Fiction. Recent publications include "The Fountainhead as a Romantic Novel" and "What Might Be and Ought to Be:
Aristotle's Poetics and The Fountainhead" in Essays on Ayn Rand's "The Fountainhead," edited by Robert
THOMAS A. BOWDEN
BA, History, 1973, University of Kentucky
MA, American History, 1976, University of Delaware
JD, 1987, University of Maryland
A lawyer by profession and historian by avocation, Mr. Bowden is the author of The Enemies of Christopher Columbus (2003)
and Objective Law by Example (2007), as well as a contributing author in The Abolition of Antitrust (2005). He
practices labor and employment law on the management side in Baltimore, Maryland.
PhD, Finance, 1994, University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Brook is president and executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute. A former finance professor, he has published in
academic as well as popular publications, and is frequently interviewed in the media. He has appeared on CNN, Fox News
Channel, CNBC and PBS, among others. He lectures on Objectivism, business ethics and foreign policy at college campuses
and for corporations across America and throughout the world.
Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, 1995, University of California at Santa Barbara
Dr. Corvini, is an independent scholar in history and philosophy of mathematics. Her long-term research interests focus on
the nature of abstraction and the role of induction in math. She has lectured on mathematics at three previous Objectivist
Summer Conferences and is currently writing a book on the nature of mathematical concepts.
PhD, American History, 2001, University of Wisconsin
Dr. Daniels is a visiting scholar at the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism. He has lectured at summer conferences
and to numerous Objectivist community groups, and is an alumnus of ARI's Objectivist Graduate Center. His publications include
a chapter in The Abolition of Antitrust and entries in the Oxford Companion to United States History.
BA, Philosophy, 2002, Duke University, North Carolina
Mr. Epstein is a Junior Fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute, specializing in business issues. His op-ed articles have been published
in hundreds of newspapers around the world. He is also a contributing writer for The Objective Standard, including an essay
co-authored with Yaron Brook, "'Just War Theory' vs. American Self-Defense."
BSc, Psychology and Biology, 1991, University of Toronto
LLB, Law, 1996, University of Calgary
Ms. Ghate is Vice President of Academic Programs and In-House Counsel at the Ayn Rand Institute where she also serves as a
corporate officer. Her writings have appeared in such publications as the San Francisco Chronicle and the Providence
BS, Physics, UC Berkeley, 1979
MS, Physics, University of Maryland, 1982
MA, Philosophy, Claremont Graduate University, 1995
Mr. Harriman is the editor of Journals of Ayn Rand and a senior writer for the Ayn Rand Institute. He is currently writing two
books: one demonstrating the influence of philosophy on modern physics (The Anti-Copernican Revolution), and another
presenting Dr. Leonard Peikoff's theory of induction (Induction in Physics and Philosophy).
BA, Philosophy, 1997, King's College, London
Mr. Journo is a junior fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute, specializing in foreign policy issues. He is a writer, editor and speaker
for ARI. His writings have appeared in such publications as the Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago
Sun Times and the Globe and Mail of Canada. He is also a contributing writer for The Objective Standard.
Bachelor of Education (Secondary), 1988
Graduate Diploma of Applied Philosophy, 1993
Postgraduate Diploma of Philosophy, 1994, University of Melbourne, Australia
Mr. Lewis has studied philosophy at the Objectivist Academic Center, the University of Melbourne (Australia) and the University of
Southern California. He worked with Dr. Peikoff on his radio show, and is assistant director at VanDamme Academy. He is currently
preparing a history curriculum, covering Ancient, European, and American History, for middle and high school students.
PhD, Classics, 2001, University of Cambridge
Dr. Lewis is associate professor of history at Ashland University and visiting scholar, Social Philosophy and Policy
Center at Bowling Green State University. His PhD is in classics from the University of Cambridge. He is an Anthem
fellow, consulting editor for The Objective Standard and has published in scholarly journals and Capitalism
Magazine. He is the author of Solon the Thinker. His book "Nothing Less than Victory: the Lessons of
History" is in progress.
PhD, Physics, 1999, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee
Dr. Lockitch is a resident fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute. He writes and edits for ARI and is a professor in the Objectivist
Academic Center, where he teaches undergraduate writing and a graduate course on the history of physics. Before joining ARI
in 2003, Dr. Lockitch was a postdoctoral researcher in physics.
CAPTAIN (RET.) TALBOT MANVEL
Capt. Manvel graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served in the Navy for twenty-nine years as an engineering officer, mostly
on aircraft carriers, including USS Midway, CV-41. In his final tour, he was responsible for developing the Navy's newest
class of nuclear aircraft carriers, the CVN-21.
PhD, Philosophy, 1991, Georgetown University
Dr. Mayhew is a professor of philosophy at Seton Hall University. He is the author of four books (the latest, on Plato's Laws,
forthcoming from Oxford University Press) and the editor of six works (the most recent, Essays on Ayn Rand's "The Fountainhead").
He is currently writing a book on the Sophist Prodicus of Ceos.
PhD, Comparative Literature, 1978, Stanford University
Dr. Milgram, an associate professor of English at Virginia Tech, has lectured on Ayn Rand in university courses, at the Smithsonian
and at academic and Objectivist conferences. Her publications include articles on Ayn Rand, Hugo and Dostoevsky; her current
project is a study of Ayn Rand's life up to 1957.
PhD, Philosophy, 1964, New York University
Dr. Peikoff worked closely with Ayn Rand for many years and was designated by her as heir to her estate. He has taught philosophy
at Hunter College, Long Island University and New York University. He is the author of The Ominous Parallels and of
Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand, the definitive presentation of Ayn Rand's philosophy. He is currently at work on his
third book, "The DIM Hypothesis."
Dance Instructor; Winner of the 2006 American Classic Balboa Championship and the 2006 Euro Balboa Cup
David Rehm is a professional dance-workshop instructor, specializing exclusively in the partnered swing dances, Lindy Hop and
Balboa. He is regularly featured teaching and judging at the most prestigious events dedicated to those dances. Mr. Rehm also
co-owns one of the largest private collections of classic street-swing dancing on film in the country.
BA with Honors, Philosophy and Classics, Stanford University, 2003
Mr. Rheins is an award-winning teacher and PhD candidate in philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. He researches ancient
Greek and early-modern metaphysics and epistemology. He recently began a dissertation on Plato's late metaphysics and the
philosophy of nature.
BA, Philosophy, 2001, The College of New Jersey
Mr. Salmieri is a doctoral candidate in philosophy at The University of Pittsburgh, where he is working on a dissertation titled
"Aristotle and the Problem of Concepts." He specializes in epistemology and ancient philosophy.
PhD, Economics, 2000, George Mason University, Virginia
Dr. Simpson is an assistant professor at National University in San Diego, where he has been teaching economics since 2002. He
has presented papers at scholarly conferences, has created a minor in economics with a focus on free market economics, and is
author of the book Markets Don't Fail!
C. BRADLEY THOMPSON
PhD, History, 1993, Brown University
Dr. Thompson is the BB&T Research Professor at Clemson University and the executive director of the Clemson Institute for the
Study of Capitalism. He is the author of the award-winning book John Adams and the Spirit of Liberty. He has edited several
books, including Antislavery Political Writings, 1833–1860.
BA, Philosophy, 1994, University of Texas at Austin
Ms. VanDamme is the owner and director of VanDamme Academy, a private school in Laguna Hills, California. At the school, she is
responsible for administration, teacher training and curriculum supervision, and teaches grammar and literature to the junior high
students. Ms. VanDamme's theoretical work focuses on the application of Objectivism to educational theory.
PhD, Philosophy, 1991, The University of Michigan
Dr. Wright is associate professor of philosophy at Harvey Mudd College (The Claremont Colleges). He has written and lectured on topics
in metaethics, the history of ethics, and political philosophy, and is currently working on a book on Ayn Rand's ethical thought. His
article "Ayn Rand on Ethical Objectivity" will appear in the journal Social Philosophy and Policy in early 2008.